*Jeremiah 's worked as a freelance pro in the greater Guelph–Wellington (Tri-Cities, south-west-gTa) region since '01, apprenticed with 16 great, specialized veteran firms, and logged over 20,000 pro hours... (and counting.)
AS/ap's Backstory: 2000 to '08(JS)
Shortly after I moved back to Ontario (to Guelph in July 2000), two brief, modestly successful partnerships had Seip Enterprises (now Seip llc) and, 'Seip Painting' (now alliedpainting.com**) up and running. [See the note ** on AlliedPainting, below.]
With modest reserves sunk in tools, the winter of '02-'03 landed me on the crew of a good local design/build contractor; where I enjoyed the change of pace, continued to expand my skill-set, and, without knowing it, set the pattern for the years ahead: Summer entrepreneurship, and winter apprenticeship*. [See * Journeyman, below]
By winter '03-'04 I had two men on the payroll (full-time) and an acute awareness of both the boom–bust nature of construction, and the strategic advantages of being smaller — as in, smaller and better. (Better service, craftsmanship, profitability and value. With less risk, overhead, and distraction.) Reluctantly, I let the guys go and un-branded the business.
And began to focus almost entirely on discipline, passion, learning and skill; capitalizing on my upstart advantage: Shopping my skill-set around — apprenticing on specialized veteran crews — soaking-up knowledge, and building skill.
Accordingly, over the next few years ('04 to '08) Seip Enterprises serendipitously developed two totally different brands — by word-of-mouth (hard work) and apprenticeship*: 'Skilled Services' (now AlliedService.ca), and 'Painting & Restoration' (ap**). [ AlliedService + aliedpainting**= AS|ap™, ASap™]
** re. AlliedPainting: The lack of a proven, simple, and cost-effective solution to the problem of paint wastewater fostered my commitment to the trade. And I published ap* to set an example and reach the maximum number of good people.
*Journeyman pro, freelance apprenticeship:6 veteran painting / decorating outfits: refining my first bread and butter skill-set; doing everything from luxury re-paints, to high-volume commercial--residential, to chic, commercial snazz-ups. 2 veteran plaster, drywall, tape & texture contractors: honing my restoration and finishing skill-set, and learning to tape & texture.1 veteran production drywaller: learning to board systematically. 3 veteran framing (structural carpentry) contractors: learning to build for 6 good and/or celebrated and/or award-winning builders. (Everything from production Energy Star, to breakneck townhouse, to multi-pitched, stick-roofed, executive mansion.) 2 veteran design-build general contractors: learning to build and renovate; on 4 nice additions (foundation to finish) lots of odds and ends, and one super-insulated studio / guest house. And 1 veteran electrician — who dabbled in general contracting, and became my second partner.